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Call for nominations open for the 2020 Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards


Nominations are now open for the 2020 Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards.

Held for the fifth time, these Awards celebrate the work of individuals and/or government organizations or teams that have demonstrated excellence and outstanding leaderships in enforcement of national laws to combat transboundary environmental crime.

CITES Secretariat’s statement in relation to COVID-19

New wildlife trade management system goes live in Sri Lanka

This electronic solution will enable better control of legal trade in wildlife and help prevent illegal trade


How countries around the world celebrated World Wildlife Day 2020

On 3 March, for the seventh time since its establishment in 2013, the CITES Secretariat and close partners organized high-level events to mark World Wildlife Day, in Geneva and New York.

Outside these official celebrations, nations and people around the world celebrated the Day by holding events and campaigns of all kinds and sizes to show their appreciation for our planet’s biodiversity and its wild fauna and flora.

World Wildlife Day highlights importance of sustainable use of wildlife for people, planet and prosperity in “biodiversity super year”

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UN World Wildlife Day highlights wild fauna, flora and biodiversity in film competition

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15-Year-old Named Winner of World Wildlife Day 2020 International Youth Art Contest

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CITES Secretary-General's opening remarks at the high-level event at UN Headquarters to celebration World Wildlife Day

Opening remarks at the high-level event at UN Headquarters marking World Wildlife Day 2020
CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero

3 March 2020, UN Headqurters, New York


Distinguished guests,

Friends and colleagues:

Remarks of Ambassador Olof Skoog, Head of the European Union Delegation to the United Nations at the high-level event to celebrate World Wildlife Day at the UN Headquarters in New York

3 March 2020


2020 is a pivotal year for global biodiversity policy. The world is to agree in October in China on a new set of goals for the next Decade after we have failed to reach almost all the 2020 targets.

The stakes are high. According to the World Economic Forum, half of the global GDP – approximately €40 trillion – is dependent on nature. Yet, onemillion species are on the threat of extinction.

Remarks by Richemont's Matthew Kilgarriff to the World Wildlife Day Panel

"Swamps, meadows, and apex Creatures"
Remarks to the panel on World Wildlife Day

Matthew Kilgarriff, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
Richemont International SA.

3 March 2020, Geneva